The People, with Insert Blanc editor and publisher Mathew Timmons and Insert Blanc artist Ben White, features the voices and ideas of The People that make up the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, the West Coast and beyond, on KCHUNG 1630AM every third Sunday at 3 p.m. and podcast on iTunes as The People Radio. The People is me, The People is you, The People is we, and You Can Too!…like a broken record magically repaired. In this issue of The Conversant, we feature The People episodes 7-10.—Mathew Timmons and Ben White
Episode #7: John P. Hogan and Christina Ondrus talk hardcore music, political theater and megaliths. This episode originally broadcast on Sunday, September 15, 2013.
Episode #8: Allison Carter and Alexandra Grant lead us through a writing exercise, and talk empathic telepathy. This episode originally broadcast on October 20, 2013.
Episode #9: Guru Rugu and Jay Erker perform a healing shout-out meditation and break down Jay’s latest performance piece. This episode originally broadcast on November 17, 2013.
Episode #10: Kim Calder and Amanda Ackerman investigate the consciousness of non-human animals and plants. This episode originally broadcast on December 15, 2013.
Christina Ondrus is a Los Angeles artist. In 2010 she was an artist fellow with the Terra Foundation for American Art in Giverny, France. A forthcoming publication entitled “An Invisible Way” will present a documentation of her experiences at that residency. Ondrus has had work at Artist Curated Projects, Public Fiction and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Ondrus is also the founding director of the artist run initiative KNOWLEDGES.
John P. Hogan is a Los Angeles artist. Most recently his performance, Song of Yourselves, premiered at Automata Los Angeles. A publication in association with Song of Yourselves is forthcoming from Golden Spike Press this fall. A related written work and series of drawings are available for purchase through MATERIAL Press as part of their Limited Editions series. Hogan has exhibited and performed at venues including MCASD, Yerba Buena Center, Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon, MAK Center and Machine Project. He has written for ART21 and his essay on the work of painter Ben White is included in the forthcoming book Ruin Upon Ruin from Insert Blanc Press.
Allison Carter is the author of A Fixed, Formal Arrangement and Here Vs. Elsewhere (forthcoming from Insert Blanc Press), as well as several shorter collections, including Sum Total (eohippus labs), All Bodies Are The Same and Have The Same Reactions, Shadows Are Weather (Horse Less Press) and We All Are Worried About Repeating Mistakes That I Have Already Made: (Breakfast Poems), forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. She writes and works in Los Angeles.
Alexandra Grant is a text-based artist who uses language and networks of words as the basis for her work in painting, drawing and sculpture. She has been the subject of shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), the Contemporary Museum (Baltimore) and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. She recently had an installation at USC’s Fisher Museum, entitled “Century of the Self.”
Guru Rugu is a best-selling self-published self-helper from Los Angeles. He has been helping “turn your desperation into inspiration” since 1955, when he helped co-found the Los Angeles Meditation Ghostwriters Guild Local #012, where he still serves as Chief Meditating Officer (CMO) and Intern Coordinator. In 1971, Rugu helped co-found the experimental meditation center of los angeles—which has no center—with artist Adam Overton. Since 2010, Rugu has worked intimately with Signify, Sanctify, Believe, a crew of religious technologists and publishing anarchivists hearkening from Los Angeles. He has worked with many other illustrious experimental healers, artists and writers, including Veranda Moot and Matador Oven. Guru Rugu currently hosts Guru Rugu’s Experimental Meditation Hour on KCHUNG Radio AM1630 every first Sunday from 10-11PM.
Jay Erker co-directs Weekend, an artist-run space and is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist whose recent work focuses on collaborative actions that draw awareness to the possibilities and potentialities inherent in the ordinary workaday. This approach can be seen in her recently completed Facebook project, “Invitation to Collaborate: Art Work,” where she collaborated with over 60 friends and guests to complete artworks and performances while at work. She has exhibited and performed at various non-commercial spaces in Los Angeles, San Francisco, St. Louis and New York.
Kim Calder studies contemporary literature and critical theory at UCLA and holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland College Park. Her work has most recently appeared in the literary journal Unsaid and at Joyland Poetry and is forthcoming in Jacket2.
Amanda Ackerman is the author of four chapbooks: Sin is to Celebration, The Seasons Cemented , I Fell in Love with a Monster Truck and Short Stones (Dancing Girl). She is co-publisher and co-editor of the press eohippus labs. She also writes collaboratively as part of the projects SAM OR SAMANTHA YAMS and UNFO. Her book, The Book of Feral Floral, is forthcoming from Les Figues Press.